Portal Players Youth Group presents
“Puss In Boots”

Portal Players Dramatic Society’s Youth Group presents their popular
“Puss In Boots” fairy tale stage adaptation at The Capitol Theatre. Shows are on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 pm, with a Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm. Performances continue through July 29.

The title character in this well-known fairy tale was recently made even more popular with an appearance in the “Shrek” series of movies. Our clever feline, played by Carrera Schroeder, fills her boots admirably and with rhyming aplomb, much to the delight of children and adults alike. Melissa Lowe plays the beautiful princess, and Danny Korvin plays the dashing miller’s son-turned Marquis, Jack. The young cast, comprised largely of members from Portal Players youth contingent, has been well-handled by David McGarry, who steps away from the safety zone of the tech booth to direct
“Puss In Boots”, his second directorial effort. The bright and fun costumes were designed by Barb Kevis, with Lynne Schroeder coordinating Puss’s attire, and Wendy Karpuik supplying a large lion’s head and equally large mouse. Make-up artist Teresa Nicholson does an especially exquisite job on make-up for both our main character, and the evil ogre.

Tickets to
“Puss In Boots” are available in advance at Rollin Art Centre, Curious Coho Books and Echo Centre, and at the door on show dates, half an hour before show time. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 students and seniors, and a special $5 children’s ticket is available for those 12 and under. Ticket prices are the same for advance sales and at the door.

As an added bonus,
“Puss In Boots” will come and meet the youngsters in the audience after each show, so parents are encouraged to bring their cameras for a lovely photo opportunity with our festive Puss.


Colourfully costumed Melissa Lowe and Danny Korvin play the Princess and Jack in “Puss In Boots”. Photo by Portal Players.


Sinners for WEB

Norm Foster returns to the Capitol Stage

Cindy N. Solda directs stellar cast in "Sinners"

Portal Players Dramatic Society is about to mount their next production, "
Sinners" by Norm Foster, at the Capitol Theatre. Cindy Solda is directing this production, which is also Portal Players' entry in this year's Theatre BC North Island Zone Drama Festival being held in Nanaimo.

Sinners" is a black comedy about a furniture store owner who is found in the arms of a local minister's wife. This situation becomes even more complicated when he is mistaken for the minister and attempts to flee the scene. "Sinners" is an adult comedy with a suggestive scene.

Starring in "
Sinners" are Mary Ann Naesgaard as Monica Lloyd, the minister's wife, and Elliot Drew as Peter Kramer, the furniture store owner. Wendy Karpuik plays Diane Gillis, who's come for advice about marital fidelity from Minister Lloyd. Annie Humphries-Loutit plays Carolyn Cavanaugh, the wife of police chief and Mayor-hopeful Roy Cavanaugh, played by Terry Switzer. Scott Lowe makes a cameo appearance as Minister Lloyd.

Opening Night
Gala on May 3, 2007
A Gala Opening Night and Reception has been scheduled for Thursday, May 3, with all seats selling for $20 each. Advance tickets for the Gala Opening Night are available exclusively from The Graphics Factory at 3157 2nd Avenue. Doors open for the Opening Night Gala at 6:30 pm; and for all other performances at 7:30 pm. Performances start at 8:00 pm each show night. Please note: regular price tickets and member's ticket price are not available for the Opening Night Gala performance.

All other performance tickets are the usual prices of $10 for students/seniors and $12 adults, and available in advance from the usual ticket outlets (Curious Coho Books, Rollin Art Centre and Echo Centre).

Portal Players will pack up this show, put it into a huge moving van, and cart it down to Nanaimo Theatre Group's "Bailey Studio Theatre" to be the fifth of five performances in this year's
Theatre BC North Island Zone Drama Festival (link 1, link 2). Our performance date there is Friday, May 25 - local audience members are encouraged to take in the show there and cheer us on as we attempt to move this show forward to the provincial "Mainstage" competition, being held early July in Kamloops.

We are very pleased to announce that sponsors for this production include:
The Graphics Factory, Naesgaard's Farm & Market, Gabby Osborne (Realtor), Moe Inwards (Realtor), Alberni Valley Times, Massage For Stress Relief, Mort's TV, Le Cut Hairstyling, AV Times, Quality Foods and Batstar Cafe.

A reminder that the theatre box office now accepts Visa, MasterCard and debit card for purchases to Portal Players productions, in addition to cash.

Sinners" is produced by special arrangement with Playwright's Guild of Canada (www.playwrightsguild.com). Portal Players is a proud member of Theatre BC.


Auditions Scheduled for Agatha Christie Murder Mystery

Adult Parts available; Cast & Crew hopefuls welcome!

Portal Players Dramatic Society is holding open auditions for its season-closing murder-mystery production. Auditions will be held at the Capitol Theatre at 7:00 pm on March 27 & 29 and on April 3 & 5, 2007.

While the title of the play is being kept a closely guarded secret, it is a very well-known and gripping Agatha Christie tale of murder, deception and mayhem. The cast calls for 11 actors: 8 men and 3 women of varying ages. Additionally, people interested in helping out behind the scenes, back stage, front of house or in any other capacity are encouraged to come to auditions to sign up.

Popular Portal Players veteran Scott Lowe will direct this production. Scott’s previous directorial turns at the Capitol included last year’s “Sleeping Beauty” pantomime, a pair of Neil Simon one-act vignettes last November, and a variety of mystery-thrillers in past seasons.

Agatha Christie’s yet-to-be-announced murder mystery will be performed on stage at the Capitol Theatre the last three weeks of June, assuming all goes well with assembling a cast and production team after auditions.





All plays produced by special arrangement with Samuel French (Canada) except where noted.

Fridays, November 24, December 1 & 8, 2006

#1 –
“A Blind Date With Mary” written by Sura, directed by John Milne
Actors: David McGarry, Michelle Humphries, Susannah Stewart.


#2 – “The Defenseless Creature” written by Neil Simon, directed by Scott Lowe
Actors: Deb Arnet-Myrfield, John Milne, Chris Judd.


#3 –
“Where Have All The Lightning Bugs Gone” written by Louise E. Catron, directed by David McGarry
Actors: Cody Taylor & Susannah Stewart.

Saturdays, November 25, December 2 & 9, 2006

#1 –
“The Sneeze” written by Neil Simon, directed by Scott Lowe
Actors: Elliot Drew, Rob Mooney, Kayla Burton, Teresa Kisch & Gillian Shearwater.


#2 –
“What Did You Say What For” written by James Paul Dey, directed by Robyn Cross
Actors: Teresa Nicholson & Terry Switzer.


#3 –
“The Shock of Recognition” written by Robert Anderson, directed by Carrera Schroeder
(This play is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service).
Actors: Myles Schroeder, Elliot Drew, Chris Arthurs & Kayla Burton.

Tickets to these one act plays will be available at the usual Portal Players outlets and ticket prices and are valid for both ONE Friday night’s performances and ONE Saturday night’s performances. These do not need to be on the same weekend. The viewer’s ticket will be punched on the first night’s use and torn in half on the 2nd night’s use. The usual outlets will be selling the tickets, as well as our box office which now accepts Visa, Mastercard and debit transactions.


4th Big Week
"Self Help" by Norm Foster
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
Saturday, October 14, 2006

This show carries a warning for
brief coarse language and adult content.

Box Office & Concession open at 6:30 pm
Theatre Doors open at 7:00 pm
Performances start at 7:30 pm

Advance tickets available at:
Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre & Curious Coho Books
Also available at the door
(see note below).

Ticket Prices:
Seniors (65+) and Students (full time studies), $10.00 each
Adults, $12 each

Please Note:
Tickets at the door are an add'l $2 each for that show night.
Our box office now accepts Visa, Mastercard & Interac.

Self Help Cast
Directed by Peter Wienold


Scott Lowe (Jeremy "Cold Hard" Cash)
Terry Switzer (Detective Snow)

Wendy Karpuik (Ruby Delvecchio)
Teresa Nicholson (Cindy Savage)

Elliot Drew (Hal Savage)
Mary Ann Naesgaard (Bernice)

Photo by Helgie Naesgaard

Now Playing, in it's
3rd Big Week
"Self Help" by Norm Foster
Thursday, October 5, 2006
Friday, October 6, 2006
Saturday, October 7, 2006

This show carries a warning for
brief coarse language and adult content.

Box Office & Concession open at 6:30 pm
Theatre Doors open at 7:00 pm
Performances start at 7:30 pm

Advance tickets available at:
Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre & Curious Coho Books
Also available at the door
(see note below).

Ticket Prices:
Seniors (65+) and Students (full time studies), $10.00 each
Adults, $12 each

Please Note:
Tickets at the door are an add'l $2 each for that show night.
Our box office now accepts Visa, Mastercard & Interac.

"Hillbilly Weddin'"
Friday through Sunday:
August 4 - 6 & 11 - 13, 2006
Doors at 7:00, Shows start at 7:30 each night


"Hillbilly Weddin'" a down-home, family friendly comedy in two acts, by Le Roma Greth, coming soon to The Capitol Theatre.

Our summer comedy will have you slappin' your knees and stompin' your feet, while you're clutchin' your guts from laughin' so hard!

Directed by Portal Players perennial Elliot Drew, this cast features many of our up and coming young performers, in addition to well-known adult, comedic actors.

The cast features John Milne as Pa Belsnickle; Robyn Cross plays Ma Belsnickle; the siblings are played by: Carrera Schroeder as Ceelie, Jessica Clarke as Bonnie Mae, Melissa Lowe as Juney Lou, Krystal Tourangeau as Four, and Alex Drew as Five. Their neighbours from up-the-crick, the Upschlagers, are played by Chris Arthurs and Danny Korvin. Cousin Zeke is performed by Neil Wagstaff and his host of mini cousins as played by Meagan Taylor, Karli McGarry, Kyle McGarry round out this back-country crew. High society city folk, Ron Maxwell and his aunt Lucy, are played by Cody Taylor and Lynne Schroeder. The delightful reverend is played by Scott Lowe.

Tickets are $12.00 each for adults; $10.00 each for seniors (65+) & students (enrolled in full time studies); and for this show, we are offering a $5 children's ticket for those 12 years of age and under.

Advance tickets are on sale now at Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre and Curious Coho Books. Ticket sales at the door carry a $2 premium over pre-sale prices, except for the children's ticket, which remains $5 each, even at the door.




2006 Theatre BC, North Island Zone Drama Festival Schedule & Ticket Information - Click Here!


"Misery" on selected dates
between May 4 - 20, 2006 at the Capitol Theatre

Cast and crew are in full readiness, as Portal Players Dramatic Society's festival entry production,
"Misery" is set to take the Capitol stage for its three week local run. Adapted for the stage by Simon Moore from the novel of the same name by Stephen King, "Misery" is directed by Wendy Karpuik and features Cindy Solda as Annie Wilkes and Darren Karpuik as Paul Sheldon.

This play marks a return to the stage for Cindy Solda after a long absence. Cindy is a past-president of Portal Players and a member of Port Alberni's City Council. Darren Karpuik was last seen on stage at the Capitol Theatre in "Rehearsal For Murder" and has been active in many BC community theatre groups.

Show dates for
"Misery" are May 4 - 6, 12 - 14, and 18 & 19. The May 14 performance is a Sunday matinee. All shows start at 7:30 pm (except the matinee on May 14, starting at 2:00 pm). The box office opens a half hour before showtime. On May 20, our production of "Misery" opens the 2006 Theatre BC North Island Zone Drama Festival, being hosted at the Capitol Theatre by Portal Players.

"Misery" is not a show for young children, and carries warnings for adult theme, coarse language, violence, scene of gore, and the use of a strobe light effect.

Our usual ticket prices are in effect: $12 for adults and $10 for students (enrolled in full time studies) and seniors (65 and up). Tickets sold at the door are an additional $2 each. For Portal Players members, seats are $8 per member, available only at the box office.

Advance tickets are now available at Rollin Art Centre, Echo Centre & Curious Coho Books.

Stage West School's "Ratz . . . The Pied Piper!" at the Capitol Theatre for two shows on March 25

CT - Stagewest

Students of Stage West School of Performing Arts take to the Capitol Stage Saturday, March 25 for two shows, 4pm and 6:30 pm. This year's show theme is "Ratz . . . The Pied Piper".

This musical comedy features performances by children ages 3 to 17 years of age, with characters such as Princess Hilary Fluff, Count Olaf, Tweedle Dumb & Tweedle Dumber, Darth Vader, R2D2, Aragorn, Bugs Bunny, Spongebob, Puff Ratty, Rat Capone, M&M, Rat Face, and more!

Tickets: $8.00-adults, $6.00-under18/65 & over
$4.00-children 3 & under
$1.00 more at the door

Available at Rollin Art Centre, Finishing Touches & the Stage West Office

stagewest@shaw.ca 724-6254

Barry Miller "Big Band" March 30 at the Capitol

Barry Miller is bring the "Big Band" sounds back to the Capitol Theatre. Mark March 30 on your calendar and keep checking local media for ticket outlet and additional information.

Vancouver TheatreSports League visits Capitol Theatre April 1

In conjunction with the ADSS drama program and improv group, Portal Players Dramatic Society is very pleased to present the Vancouver TheatreSports League in performance with their touring show on Saturday, April 1 at the Capitol. The evening performance will be preceded by a daytime improv workshop with some of the best improv leaders in the lower mainland. More details will be posted as they become available.

"Karen Lee-Morlang" and Friends at the Capitol on February 11

The Alberni Valley Community Arts Council's Centrestage series continues February 11 with a concert by
"Karen Lee-Morlang" and two vocalist friends. Tickets and info from the Rollin Art Centre at 3061 8th Avenue or by phone at 724-3412.

January 20 - 22, 2006
January 27 - 29, 2006
February 3 - 5, 2006

Portal Players Pantomime Production
Norman Robbins'
"The Sleeping Beauty"
directed by Scott Lowe & Mary Ann Naesgaard

Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m (doors at 6:30)
Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m. (doors at 1:30)

Tickets: Curious Coho Books, Rollin Art Centre & Echo Centre
Advance prices: $10 students/seniors; $12 adults; $5 children 12 & under
At the door, additional $2.00 for adults, students/seniors

Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment!


Portal Players News
& Upcoming Events

PPDS Youth Group Members have rehearsed & performed the one-act play
"Mirrors", written by John O'Brien. This play has been entered in the Vancouver Island Juried One-Act Play Festival in November, at the Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach, and hosted by E.C.H.O. Players. "Mirrors" was presented November 10 at 7:30 pm in Qualicum. Our performance there garnered actor Courtney Royendyk an Honourable Mention for actor in a female supporting role - congratulations Courtney!

Portal Players is pleased to announce that Mirrors is being HELD OVER, together with a visiting one-act play from Parksville's Janus Theatre Society. "A Lass Unparalleled" will make the trip over Alberni Summit to be performed with "Mirrors" at the Capitol Theatre on December 9 & 10, 2005. Details can be found on the poster shown at the top of this page.

Our first organizational meeting for hosting the
North Island Zone Drama Festival next May was held November 30. The core committee meets monthly between now and Festival; People interested in helping to organize this event should send an e-mail or call to advise their interest. Business sponsorships will also be offered - interested sponsors can send a note vial e-mail or leave a message on the theatre answering service at 723-1195 and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Portal Players Dramatic Society
Annual General Meeting: Results

Members of PPDS met in their AGM on September 19, 2005. President Peter Wienold made a lengthy report, and committee reports included finance, renovations, building maintenance, productions, workshops and props.

Elections were held and run by PPDS Past-President Cindy Solda. The nominating committee presented a slate of executive and director candidates, all voted in by acclamation. Results of the elections were as follows:

President - Peter Wienold
Vice President - Mary Ann Naesgaard
Treasurer - Elliot Drew
Recording Secretary - Nick Barrett

Directors at Large:
Scott Lowe
Bob Mayr
John Milne
Rob Mooney
Wendy Karpuik

PPDS received some new members and membership renewals at this meeting - a reminder that our membership year runs January 1 to December 31.

Members were reminded and encouraged to attend the first organizational meeting for the Theatre BC North Island Zone Drama Festival, being hosted by Portal Players in May 2006. That meeting will be held in November at The Capitol Theatre.


Neil Simon's "RUMORS"
is a Huge Success for Portal Players
as Season Opening Comedy

Portal Players Dramatic Society
has opened the new season of productions with the raucous Neil Simon comedy "Rumors". Set in New York State, the play follows the trials and tribulations of four couples who have gathered to help celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their friends Charley and Myra Brock. Mayhem ensues when no host, hostess or servants are to be found anywhere as the guests arrive.

Directed by PPDS President Peter Wienold, this comedy has been in rehearsals through the summer since late July. Starring a good mix of veterans and newcomers to the Capitol stage, this production carries a rating of 14-A for coarse language and adult content.

Featured players include (in order of appearance): Teresa Nicholson, David McGarry, Wendy Karpuik, Elliot Drew, Mary Ann Naesgaard, Scott Lowe, Terry Switzer, Carrera Schroeder, Chris Arthurs and Robyn Cross. A veritable who's who of the Capitol Theatre stage, this cast has truly gelled their characters together for this very funny ensemble show. Our production team is headed by stage manager Nick Barrett, and includes Jenn Best, Melissa Lowe, Myles Schroeder and John Milne.

Show details & ticket information can be found on our 2005-06 Season page.



Portal Players Dramatic Society recently held a lighting workshop at The Capitol Theatre. Local technician, PPDS Member and Malaspina College University Theatre Program graduate Jenn Best lead this workshop, which included hands-on work for participants, as we re-hung the lights above our newly refurbished stage area. Modules included information about the different lighting instruments, proper handling & safety, and programming/operating our new lighting control board.

PPDS plans to hold an audio workshop for members soon.

RENOVATION UPDATE: August 14, 2005
Work has finished on our stage curtains re-fit!
Stagefab installed tracking, lighting bars, hardware swivels, curtains and much more. Our canopy out front has also been completed & painted. Very soon, our unique and exciting Marquee Sign (unlike ANYTHING seen currently in Port Alberni) will be installed. Stay tuned . . .


July, 2005
The Capitol Theatre is on summer performance hiatus so that we may complete our renovation work both inside and out. Our facade will change to feature a full covered entrance canopy and marquee sign to announce our theatre location and to broadcast information about upcoming shows and theatre events. Our stage area will see a complete refit of curtains & supporting hardware. And our box office will become a fully electronic, reserved seating system. Thanks for your patience as we prepare to unveil the fully-finished Capitol Theatre with our season-opening comedy in September 2005.

New members are welcome to join at any time - just e-mail us, or leave a message at the theatre, 723-1195 - return calls may not be immediate. We are especially in need of set design and set construction volunteers.Portal Players Dramatic Society is hosting the 2006 North Island Zone (Theatre BC) Drama Festival next May. Our organizing committee will be assembled shortly. Individuals wishing to be involved should again e-mail us. Businesses wishing to become sponsors are also welcome to contact us. More information about this exciting opportunity to showcase the Capitol Theatre to member drama clubs in Theatre BC's North Island Zone will be released in the fall.

It's UP!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005 -
an exceedingly exciting day for Portal Players Dramatic Society. In the morning, work crews from Devlin Electric Sign Company arrived to install our one-of-a-kind lit sign. Featuring gorgeous red neon lettering inside extruded letter shapes, this custom-built sign also has twin LED readouts, operated by computer, to promote our upcoming shows and theatre events. Space will also be available to rent on the sign - details are still being worked out.

PPDS Board of Directors is very pleased to unveil this new sign, clearly announcing "you have arrived!" at The Capitol Theatre. Our thanks, as always, to all those involved in the process to complete the Capitol Theatre renovations - keep watching this space (and our new sign) for more details about the upcoming season.

Portal Players Dramatic Society wins “Honourable Mention” at 2005 North Island Zone Drama Festival
Qualicum Beach, B.C. –- Port Alberni’s local amateur theatre company has won an honourable mention award in the “Actress in a Leading Role” category at the 2005 Theatre B.C. North Island Zone Drama Festival held May 21 - 28.


Wendy Karpuik, playing the role of “Kit” in “Home At Six”, was awarded the honourable mention by adjudicator David Ross at the festival wrap awards dinner. “Home At Six”, a quirky, one-act comedy written by Lee Falk, was performed for three weeks at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni before moving on to the NIZ festival in Qualicum Beach. Wendy is a long-standing member of Portal Players Dramatic Society and also serves on its board of directors.
“Home At Six” was directed by Elliot Drew, (well-known to fans of Portal Players’ productions), and Robyn Cross. The cast included Wendy Karpuik, Peter Wienold, Mary Ann Naesgaard, Courtney Royendyk, Myles Schroeder, Carrera Schroeder, and Rob Mooney. The production team included many crew members who also made the trip to the Festival.
“This is a very exciting award for us,” said Peter Wienold, President of Portal Players Dramatic Society. “Wendy is an outstanding actor, and we’re very lucky to have her in our group. Acting opposite her in this production has been a joy and this award is truly well-deserved for her.”
Wienold, who is also chairman of the Theatre B.C. North Island Zone sub-group, praised the organizers of this year’s festival, held at the Village Theatre in Qualicum. “Dori McGarrigle and Eileen Butts assembled an outstanding team from E.C.H.O. Players, which carried out one of the most successful festivals in our Zone. Nearly every night’s performance was sold out, and the hospitality and beverage committee absolutely outdid themselves.”
Lighting technician and Portal Players member Jenn Best also received an award of thanks from Festival organizers, for providing support to visiting clubs in setting up their various lighting requirements.
Portal Players Dramatic Society will host the 2006 North Island Zone Drama Festival next May, with seven nights of visiting productions at the Capitol Theatre. “Hosting the 2006 Zone Festival will allow us to showcase the newly refurbished Capitol Theatre, whose renovation is nearly complete,” said Wienold. “We’ve been working so hard to finish this project, and we are anxious to unveil our performing arts space to other nearby dramatic groups.” Wienold says the interior and exterior work should be complete by early September, including a dramatic re-fit to the theatre-front with the installation of a glass canopy and marquee signage.
Portal Players is seeking new members to support and be active in the group. Details can be obtained by e-mailing or leaving a message at the theatre, 723-1195